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i'm cheryl jennings. >> i'm dan ashley. hope to see you again at 6:00. tonight on "world news," the hidden dangers in this brutal heat. what it's doing to so many americans, even as they sleep. ers facing a crush of patients tonight. even the crown of the statue of liberty shut down. this evening, the temperature inside that crown. new warnings after that tragedy at yosemite. three people over the falls. and now an alert about a different weather extreme. the walkout. the question today that sent chicago mayor rahm emanuel out the door. something other leaders have been asked about their chihildr before. about face. those airport scanners and what they'll see now. and so many asking, what were they already seeing? and the game changer. one of the wizards who changed the way america watched game shows. and what we never knew about that famous wheel. it had us spinning.
good evening. we begin this thursday night here with the deadly heat wave. on the move this evening, but slowly. 200 million americans now sweating it out. tonight, this massive heat dome is hovering over 1 million square miles. heat and humidity making it feel like it's almost 120 out. it's now taking a real toll. even at night when we thought our bodies were getting a break as we sleep, they're not. abc's matt gutman traveling with the system all week reports in tonight from philadelphia. matt, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, david. 100 degrees still smothers this city. and across the country, this heat has caused nearly two dozen deaths in the past 24 hours alone. and many of the hospspals were spoke to are reporting a four-fold increase in heat related cases. at this hospital in boston, a near record number of patients in the er today. >> most people complain of
dizziness, weakness, fatigue. and the heat will be playing a role in their particular acute or chronic illness. >> reporter: it's not just people being knocked out but infrastructure is taking a beating, too. heat so intense, it bent these union pacific rail lines as if they were made of rubber. cracked these building foundations in tulsa. and closed the crown of the statue of liberty. and it's not just blistering during the day. nearly 100 cities tied or set records for high temperatures overnight this month. and it's effecting the sleep of millions. to see just how that works, we went to the jefferson sleep disorder center. i had my vitals taken. >> 98.1. >> reporter: and went outside to cook. 134 degrees. i'm southwesting. let's go back in. >> 98.4. >> reporter: i'm fitted with these electrodes. >> people, when they are exposed to a lot of heat, they tend to wake up more. they tend to arouse. >> reporter:r:hat's because when the body sleeps, inner core temperatures have to cool down. but if you are overheated, your
body won't cool and your sleep is disturbed. and cooling off hasn't been easy. here in philadelphia, they crushed into pools by the thousands. david, folks here, and, of course, dogs, are doing pretty much to cool down, including when they're indoors, using a lot of air conditioning. and this city tonight is expected to hit a record all-time high for electricity use. chicago also hit it today and tomorrow it's new york's turn. and this, at a time when many states are eliminating programs to help the poor pay their utility bills. david? >> matt gutman leading us off again tonight, matt, thank you. i want to bring in abc's dr. richard besser and sam champion, our weather editor. rich, let's start with you. sleeping, as matt said. there's a reason why we are all lethargic. we're not sleeping as well. even when we thought we were. so, what do you do? >> reporter: that's right. a couple tips. one thing, before you go to bed, you can try a cool shower or a cool bath. that will help bring down your core body temperature. but the tip i heard today that i like the most, try putting your
sheets in the freezer for a couple h hou before you go to bed. it will make your bed more comfortable, may help you get to that part of falling to sleep. >> just don't forget you left them there. and the sweating, you pointed this out before. when you stop sweating, it's problem. tonight, you sayayit's a proble, and quickly. >> reporter: this is really important. listen to this. in just 10 to 15 minutes, if you've stopped sweating, your body temperature can go up to 106 degrees or higher. than can be deadly. >> and lastly, looking out for the vulnerable. you say it's as simple as looking for confusion. >> reporter: right. a group of people who are faced with this heat, one of them is confused, maybe irritable, that means their brain is taking the brunt of this heat. that's a medical emergency. it's a sign of heat stroke. get them out of the sun, get them to medical care. >> rich, thank you. let's bring in sam champion tonight in central park. sam, you've been out all day since "good morning america." we mentioned it at the top of the broadcast. even the statue of liberty, the crown closed tonight? >> reporter: yeah, david, good evening, by the way. and they only close that crown
when it feels like 110 degrees inside the crown of the statue of liberty, and it did today. this heat dome that's been o or the middle of the country, for weeks now, with places like dallas at 18 days over 100 degrees, shifted ever so slightly to the east today. what that is, imagine a big lid on a pot, because all the worst heat is trapped underneath that dome. and the dome can't really move out of the way. it's being held in place by the jet stream. and only occasionally, a little dribble of cool air will move across the northern part of the country and give relief in northern areas. but no one else gets any relief from this big block of heat. >> until early next week. as you pointed out. sam champion tonight and rich besser here, thank you. we're going to turn to new warnings this evening just as people flood into america's national parks for vacation and of course relief from the heat. this alert comes after that tragedy that took three young lives at yosemite. they were swept over a 317-foot waterfall at the park in california. abc's david wright tonight on the other weather extreme that likely plalad a role in this. >> reporter: the majestic beauty of america's national parks can
be deadly if you get too close. in yosemite, a massive snow melt has made the waterfalls even more dramatic than usual. a liquid avalanche, thundering over the abyss. three young adults ignored the warning signs and jumped over the guardrails for a better view. >> i looked up and i saw a girl sitting on the ledge with her feet hanging over, where she wasn't supposed to be. then i looked back up, okaka she was gone. >> apparently they were taking photos, playing in the water. one of the males lost his footing, started to slide down. second male tried to rescue him and also lost his footing. then the third person, the female did, and unfortunately, all three were swept over the falls. >> i saw the man's eyes as he was going over the waterfall and that was devastating. >> reporter: this sort of thing happens more often than you think. last year, 156 people died in the national parks. and the park service had to spend more than $5 million on searches and rescues. at niagara falls this week, a
young bride hopped over the guard rails near the rapids. >> i wanted to touch beauty. >> reporter: moments after her fiance shot these images, she got swept into the churning water below the falls. >> there's somebody in the water! >> reporter: lucky for her, a tourist boat pulled her out. getting back to what happened at yosemite, though, what were they thinking? i mean this was totally preventable. >> signs were posted by the park service in many different languages warning of the raging waters, and they were raging. my heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy. my head just cannot comprehend the decision-making that went on to step beyond that guardrail and into those raging waters. >> reporter: the point is to get close to nature, but to follow the rules and not get too close. no tourist snapshot is worth a human life. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> our thanks to david. zble we move on tonight, andnd the question that led chicago's mayor to walk out on an interview today.
known for his temper, rahm emanuel abruptly left the interview after being asked a question about his children. it's a question that's been asked before -- why not send your children to public school? here's abc's jon karl tonight. >> reporter: newly elected mayor rahm emanuel's famously hot temper was on display with an interview in chicago when he refused to answer a question about where his kids will go to school. >> mary ann, let me break the news to you. my children are not in a public position. the mayor is. and as long as i'm -- >> you don't think it will be news where they go to school? >> no, i think you will do that. but let me be -- you need to understand. you are asking me a value statement, not a policy. no, you have to appreciate this. my children are not an instrument of me being mayor. my children are my children. >> reporter: political leaders, of course, have a right to family privacy just like everyone else. but the "where do your kids go to school" question is not a new
one. last year, president obama was asked if his daughters would get as good an education in a d.c. public school as they do in private school. >> i'll be blunt with you. the answer is no right now. the d.c. public school systems are struggling. >> reporter: look what happened when new jersey governor chris christie was asked about his kids on a pbs call-in show. >> you don't send your children to public schools, you send them to private schools, so, i was wondering why you think it's fair to be cutting school funding to public schools. >> hey, gail, first off, it's none of your business. i don't ask you where you send your kids to school. don't bother me about where i send mine. >> reporter: as for rahm? >> i have so many more questions. >> and i look forward to our future interview. >> reporter: right after storming off, he called another station to say that his kids will be going to private school. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> politics for tonight. and with so much bad news hitting us on the economy, this evening, we decided to focus on a bright spot. a shiny apple.
we learned today that apple is on the verge of becoming the many most valuable company in the world. breathtaking new profits, billions of dollars pouring in. and, so, we ask here tonight, what's the secret? can other companies follow apple's lead? abc's neal karlinsky has been to apple so many times before. >> reporter: there's the economy that we all live and breathe, stagnant growth and lingering unemployment. and then -- there's apple. >> apple, and the earnings solidly beat expectations. >> apple came out with a gangbuster number late yesterday. >> they have done it again. >> reporter: the tech giant's success this week defies normal economics. consider this. the ipad, a form of device that never existed, has been adopted by consumers faster than any other new technology. already in 16% of households in just over a year. by comparison, it took the cell phone nine years to reach that point. the color tv also took nine years. >> apple has caught a wave for the past decade of inventing and
reinventing things that people really, really want. >> reporter: listen to what steve jobs told me after unveiling the first iphone just four years ago. >> it's very clear to us that the world is going mobile. >> reporter: little did we know he was already working on the ipad, which has since spawned imitator, even counterfeiters. look at this store in china. all rip-off. and apple, a whole new economy in apps. developers have raked in balls of dollars. >> it started new companies that become very successful. >> reporter: unlike traditional companies, which sell products people like, apple has managed to do something unique. to sell things people love. and change the way we live in the process. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. and while apple roars into the future, there was also a farewell today. a big part of america's space program became history. it was the last landing of the 30-year shuttle program. a picture perfect landing. but what comes next? abc's lisa stark was there.
>> having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other. >> reporter: for this last mission, a first. a picture of the shuttle plunging from space back to earth, shot from the international space station. "atlantis" landing in pre-dawn darkness, to cheers from nasa workers in florida and houston. a bittersweet homecoming for space shuttle employees. tomorrow, 4,000 get pink slips. among them, ellen underwood. >> new beginning. i try to keep positive about it. take one day at a time, that's all you can do. >> reporter: good luck. >> thank you. >> reporter: we know what's next for this shuttle and the others. they become museum pieces. what's next for nasa? that's not so clear. >> the american public is starting to wake up to the fact that they like being first. we're not first in a lot of things but we're first in space. >> reporter: for today, it is good-bye to the space shutute.
hello to the future, whatever that might be. lisa stark, abc news, at the kennedy space center. >> and lisa says nasa will place a permanent marker at the edge of the runway where "atlantis" touched down today. still ahead here on "world news" tonight, a big change coming to an airport near you what those screeners will now see. and many asking if that's an improvement, just what we they seeing before? and take a look at this tonight. a picture of the same man, different chapters in life. the boomers fulfilling their childhood dreams, and it's far from being too late. you can, too. and later, do you recognize that face there? vanna white, and what we learned today, something we never knew, about the giant wheel. so i took my heartburn pill and some antacids. we're having mexican tonight, so another pill then? unless we eat later, then pill later? if i get a snack now, pill now? skip the snack, pill later... late dinner, pill now?
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the tsa is rolling out new software that will turn this anatomically correct image of your body into this much less revealing image. but officials say they'll still be able to catch any hidden threat. >> we are using the same technology for detection. this is simply a different image that is being projected, again, to address the privacy issues. it's a major step forward for us, to address both the security and privacy concerns that we are focused on. >> reporter: but the change has flyers today asking, what exactly were security agents seeing all this time? >> i thought they were too invasive. >> i thought it was too much. >> instead of using a completely naked shot of people, certainly it m mht put some people's minds at ease. >> whatever it takes to keep people safe, but if there is a way to be less invasive, then i think that's the way to go. >> repepter: also changing? no more monitor behind a curtain. you'll be able to see exactly what security sees. all part of a tsa push to remedy
the relationship with the traveling public and keep it safe. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> let us know what you think at abcnews.com/worldnews. and when we come back tonight, how this boomer launched a second act. fulfilling a dream, making himself healthier, and why so many other boomers are following suit. finally, there's a choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem. today we have pradaxa to reduce the risk
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and this retirement revolution is no different. a decade ago, 40% of retirees called the golden years just a continuation of their lifestyle. 26% said they'd be winding down. today, they are winding up. and abc's claire shipman on the boomers who are reinventing retirement. >> reporter: a top notch career as a plastic surgeon for 30 years. pretty nice laurels to rest on, nearing retirement. but james had a dream of sirens and red trucks and saving lives stuck in his gut since childhood. >> i'm one of those children who chased fire engines. >> reporter: a firefighter patient encouraged him to check out the station's volunteer program. he was skeptical. he's in his 50s. but he got the job. >> in the first call in if fire department was like my first date in the operating room. >> reporter: how an administrator turned ballroom dancer?
meet elizabeth, james' wife. hooked on the magic of dance as a child, she rediscovered it in her 40s, started lessons, even quit her job, opened a dance studio and now competes around the country. >> yes. there are second acts in life. yes, they are possible. >> reporter: and good for you. studies show working after retirement age lowers rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and depression. sandy markwood is one of the leading voices on aging issues. there's no limit to what they think they can do and they're just going for it. >> why should there be a limit? people have dreams in their life. and sometimes we go down different paths for different reasons. but once you hit 65 and 70, you really are freed up to do whatever it is that you want to do. >> reporter: and what do james' fellow firemen think about their senior colleague? >> everybody asks me, they say, what's it like to be old?
i just say to them, it's the same as feeling 20. you look in the mirror, you don't recognize yourself, but you don't feel old. >> reporter: now, if you are considering something like this and, by the way, 54% of boomers say they are considering reinventing themselves, we have a few tips to make those second acts happier. number one -- you should always, always focus on encouragement, encouragement is everything. number two -- keep moving. because exercise is absolutely critical. and we're going to talk a lot more about that tomorrow night when we get into the fact that, there are a number of boomers, david, who are really pushing physical limits with stunning results. >> that's right. we're loving this, claire. the extreme boomer makeovers like you haven't seen, tomorrow night. we'll see you back here then. and if you're considering a second act in life, go to our website, abcnews.com/worldnews. some really inspiring stories there and great tips to get started tomorrow morning. and when we come back here tonight, the puzzle solved here this evening. what we didn't know about those favorite game shows through the years.
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the country about our game shows. >> vanna white. vanna? >> reporter: vanna white, the obvious answer on "wheel of fortune." as she walked up the few steps, the other star attraction, right there in the foreground. the giant wheel. that was the work of ed flesh. he was a set designer, a sort of wizard behind the changing face of game shows in this country. ne were the austere sets of the 1950s and '60s. and here to stay were the neon, the light bulbs, the giant puzzle boards. >> just has to be a good, honest spin. >> reporter: they had to teach the contestants how to spin the wheel. and what we didn't know what that the wheel was, first, upright. but the audience at home could barely read it. and so ed flesh came up with that giant flat one and maepd it the star. but on the first night with it, electronic problems. they had to put someone underneath the wheel to spin it with his feet. that set, one of ed flesh's favorites. but he designed those giant red letters, jeopardy, behind alex trebek.
he was behind the new look of the newlyweds. that new "$25,000 pyramid?" that was ed flesh, too, that circle you sat in, your hands strapped in? and the cubes that would reveal the clues. >> a pirate. >> things that wear a patch over their eye? >> a fish. >> things that are hooked? >> that's it! >> reporter: hooked. and so were we, on a look that would define a generation of tv. and so we thank ed flesh tonight, for entertaining us through the years, helping, too. and we thank you for watching. we're always online at abcnews.com. don't forget, "nightline" later here tonight. and "good morning america" first thing in the morning. for diane and all of us here at abc, good night. a bomb shell tonight in a san francisco shooting. we're live with developing detail autos and new video from the fatal shooting of a bart station transient. new witnesses coming forward, and they're backing up police. >> and late word tonight on the nfl lockout.
if players go along with what owners did today, football season could start on time. >> from massage to acupuncture, alternative treatments available to bay area women returning home from war. >> good evening, everyone. >> we're going to begin with developing news tonight and there is a lot of it first, a real shocker in san francisco. the medical examiner says the bullet that killed a man in the bay view over the weekend did not come perfect a service resolver and may have come from the victim's gun. vic lee is live with the latest developments for us. vick? >> well, this is indeed a shocker, a startlingvillement. it changes the wheel dynamic of the officer-involved shooting. >> the bullet, removed from his head is not consistent with the service ammunition used by the san francisco police department. >>